Friday, October 4, 2013

Clarks Green celebrates centennial

<1p>As a newspaper delivery boy, Patrick Calvey knew the hot spots in Clarks Green before they became popular.

Every morning, the now 85-year-old would watch the sun shine on a patch of daffodils off Glenburn Road. There was a barn filled with haystacks - now Our Lady of Peace School - where he and his friends would crawl through "hay tunnels" and play hide-and-seek.

A Clarks Green resident since 1958, Mr. Calvey can rattle off stories about famous borough residents or iconic stores. So he's thrilled Clarks Green is celebrating its 100-year-old history.

"I think it's wonderful for a small community like ours to celebrate its history," he said.

On Saturday, the Clarks Green Centennial Committee is kicking off the borough's anniversary celebration with the dedication of a historic church bell.

Though the borough's anniversary isn't until May 2014, the gathering outside the Borough Building at noon lays the foundation for a number of celebratory items planned in the coming months.

Built in 1869, the church bell was originally located in the steeple of the old Clarks Green Baptist Church. But after the Masonic Lodge bought the building, the bell was kept in a garage for years, according to Mayor William Thorburn.

Now, the church bell sits under a "Welcome to Clarks Green" sign.

"It's nice to have an artifact that old from one of the first churches," said resident Rick Williams, who has lived in Clarks Green for 58 years.

Clarks Green residents will also receive a commemorative calendar featuring historic photographs, including a picture of founder William Clark's residence, committee members said.

The committee also plans to hold a celebration on Memorial Day weekend in 2014, where members hope to unveil an estimated $20,000 Victorian era street clock at Glenburn Road and North Abington Road.

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Source: Thetimes-tribune

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